Ryan Gannon

rgannon1@bryant.edu

Hey, I’m Ryan Gannon and I’m a freshman from Litchfield, Connecticut. My plan is to major in accounting with a minor in environmental science. Outside of schoolwork, I run for Bryant’s cross country and track teams. I love watching hockey, and I’m also passionate about helping us move our planet towards a more sustainable future.

Campus Dining

April 14th, 2014

Bryant offers a number of great meal plan options which can be a bit difficult to decipher if you're not familiar with the system. This post will give a quick rundown of the choices and the characteristics of campus dining.

First off, the places to eat:

  • Salmanson Dining Hall ("Salmo") - At Salmo, students are offered a buffet-style dining experience with a great variety of options. The Classics section serves typical main course meals, such as eggs and pancakes for breakfast or chicken and potatoes for dinner. Also popular is the omelette bar in the morning and the International section for dinner, which is best-known for its stir fry. Options such as the sandwich bar, salad bar, cereal, bagels and toast are always available as well.
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  • Cafes - There are two cafes on campus, one in the library and one in the Koffler Rotunda of the Unistructure (which houses the majority of Bryant's classrooms). These are great places to stop by for a quick snack between  classes or during a study break.
  • Fisher Student Center - The newly renovated student center is host to a number of great options. Here you will find a Dunkin' Donuts, a Subway, and Nick's Place, which serves great restaurant-style foods like burgers, salads and chicken tenders. Also located in Fisher is The Scoop, which is essentially an the on-campus grocery store. Fisher is a great place to come for a meal if you're looking to socialize or watch a game as you eat.
fisher.jpg There are a number of different meal plan options, but it essentially works like this: Students are given the choice of seven, 10, 14 or 21 meal swipes per week. The fewer meal swipes they have per week, the more Dining Dollars and Bulldog Bucks they are provided with so that they may eat more often in other places. Below is a rundown of how each works:
  • Meal Swipes - These are used to gain access Salmason Dining Hall, and reset each week. Salmo is buffet-style, so once you swipe in you can eat as much or as little as you like.
  • Dining Dollars - These can be used at the two cafes and at Nick's Place, as these locations are operated by Bryant's dining service.
  • Bulldog Bucks - Good for Subway and Dunkin' Donuts, and can also be used for vending machines and laundry.

Bryant University's dining services are currently provided by Sodexo, but starting next academic year we will be transitioning to a new provider, Aramark. It will be interesting to see what exciting new features this company will have to offer.

Thanks for reading,

Ryan

Lore of the Archway

April 3rd, 2014

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Bryant Lacrosse

March 28th, 2014

There's been a lot of buzz surrounding Bryant's Men's Lacrosse team lately. Currently with a record of 7-2 and a five game win streak, the Bulldogs have been dominant on the field. Already this season, they have been ranked as well as 12th in the nation.

The fast-paced sport of lacrosse is one of the most exciting sports to watch and a favorite of many students on campus.  To have a nationally ranked team at such a small school is something special, and makes for an amazing atmosphere of school pride and spirit.

 If you're planning to visit campus, I recommend you take a look at the team's schedule, and see if you can catch a game while you're here.

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Tour the Beautiful Bryant Library!

March 14th, 2014

The Bryant Library is the go-to spot for most students to study and get their work done. It provides a focused and comfortable environment, and is one of the most beautiful facilities on campus.

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The second story of the library is a sort of mezzanine overlooking the first.

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Both floors of the library are flanked by display cases. The library staff does an incredible job of curating the collections, which are usually made up of a fascinating array of multi-cultural artifacts.

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Attached to the library is the Bello Grand Hall, which is used to host many presentations and esteemed speakers.

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One of my favorite parts of the building is this vertical stock ticker that runs down both floors.

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The cafe is a great place to recharge during study breaks. Their chocolate chip muffins are my weakness.

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Fellow blogger John Logan  working hard as always.

 Note: These pictures were taken on the last day before spring break, which explains the emptiness in the library.

Thanks for reading,

Ryan

Career Fair

March 7th, 2014

On Wednesday, Bryant held it's second career fair of the academic year. I attended the fair last semester and it was a learning experience, so I went into this one with a better idea of what to expect.

Employers come from all over the area to recruit Bryant students for internships and full-time positions. While the top draw is of course business, there are employers from other disciplines as well.

As a freshman, I went in knowing I was unlikely to get an internship so early in my education. But it never hurts to get an early start so you know what to do when it counts. I got a lot out of it anyway, just from talking to recruiters to learn about their companies. I even spoke to one organization, Schneider Electric, that gave me a better idea of which major I want to pursue here at Bryant.

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The career fair is one of the most indispensable tools available to Bryant students. These are some of the best places to work for around the world, and they come seeking Bryant students. All you need to do is put yourself out there.

Thanks for reading,

Ryan

NCAA 6th Fan

February 21st, 2014

Currently ongoing is the NCAA's 6th Fan competition. During 6th Fan, students vote for their respective Division I schools as a way of showing school spirit and supporting their athletic teams. Voting takes place for all of the DI schools nationwide, and success in the competition is rewarded with cash prizes to the school.

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After the first round of the tournament, Bryant proceeded easily into the Sweet Sixteen. This says a great deal about the school pride of Bryant students, especially considering the relatively small size of the student body. Whether its support in 6th Fan voting or in the fan section at a game, Bryant's school spirit always shows.

We are now vying for a position in the Elite Eight! If you'd like to support Bryant, feel free to vote using the link below, or tweet using #6thfan #BRYANT.

http://6thfan.ncaa.com/

Thanks for Reading,

 Ryan

Bryant’s Gateway Experience

February 16th, 2014

Part of the freshman experience at Bryant is the Gateway Program, in which every first-year student participates. Along with the IDEA program, Gateway is in its second year after being pioneered by the university's current sophomore class.

The Gateway Program is a multi-faceted initiative consisting of guest speakers, workshops, and information sessions. It is designed to ease new students into the unfamiliar college lifestyle and the added rigors of a university education. Gateway events are curated to give students the knowledge and skills needed to succeed both in and out of the classroom. Weekly sessions have featured a published author on the subject of ethics, a Harvard business professor, and an expert on the psychology of procrastination, to name a few.

Last semester, Gateway worked in conjunction with my literary studies and business classes. After attending a session, we would reflect on what we had learned, relate it back to the class, and then draw connections and make applications to the real world.

Students that take advantage of the Gateway program find themselves better prepared to handle the challenges of college life, and are likely to have a more fulfilling and successful four years at Bryant.

To get a better idea of what students learn in the program, follow the link below:

 http://www.bryant.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions/information-for-admitted-students/foundations-for-learning.htm

Thanks for Reading,

 Ryan

The Bryant IDEA: A Student’s Perspective

February 10th, 2014

This spring semester, the members of Bryant's freshman class returned to campus three days prior to the rest of the student body to participate in the IDEA program. IDEA is an acronym for Innovation and Design Experience for All, and that is the essence of the program. Last year's freshman class pioneered IDEA and this year's second run through proved successful again.

The three day program aims to challenge students' notions of how things "should" be done in the business world. Each student is assigned to a cohort, and within that cohort a small team of about five members. Cohorts are then assigned a real-world problem for which they need to design a solution. To do so, each cohort is given a classroom that can be arranged in any way the students wish. By the end of three days, the walls and whiteboards are covered with sketches and ideas.

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IDEA fosters an environment that inspires creativity and outside-the-box thinking. Once teams come up with a solution to their problem, they are provided with materials to create a prototype to be displayed at the Trade Show, the final step of the program.

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The freshman class also donated 3,150 of canned goods to the Rhode Island Food Bank over the course of IDEA.

 Thanks for reading,

 Ryan

One Building, Every Classroom

November 21st, 2013

Last week, the Bryant campus saw its first snowfall of the fall semester. Last night I noticed a sheet of ice forming on the surface of the pond. Although there are still some leaves on the trees, the harsh truth is that winter is rapidly approaching. For me, this conjures up images of obnoxiously bulky coats and bitterly cold walks from one place to the next.

It was on that first day of snowfall that I realized just how grateful I am for Bryant's Unistructure. The Unistructure is the university's primary building, housing the majority of what any student needs when it comes to schoolwork. On a typical day, I can eat breakfast at Salmonson Dining Hall, go to two or three classes, find a comfortable place to talk to my friends, then eat lunch, all under the same roof. I can also stop by admissions, financial aid, or visit one of my professors during their office hours, or even check my mailbox without ever leaving the building.

At first, I wasn't sure how I felt about having so many functions of the school compacted into one building. I liked the idea of the traditional college campus, walking through quads from one ivy-clad brick building to another for each class I had. But in reality, I've simply found it to be more convenient than anything. And when it's raining outside or it's so cold you feel like your hand are going to fall off, you won't hear anyone complaining about the Unistructure.

Thanks for reading,

Ryan

Midnight Madness

October 25th, 2013

Last week, Midnight Madness was held in Bryant's main gym. Centered around the varsity winter sports teams, this is the pep rally that gets the student body - and the teams themselves - pumped for the upcoming season.

The indoor track and swimming teams each performed a dance to introduce themselves and get the crowd loose. The Bryant cheer and dance teams put on impressive performances to keep everyone engaged, while contests such as spinning relays kept everyone laughing. The main event of the night was the basketball teams. After each team member  is introduced (each to uproarious applause), the girls team showcased a remarkably extensive dance routine, followed by the men who took the crowd with an incredible show of dunking skill.

 Whether you're watching a football game, basketball game, or any other sporting event, you can always expect an impressive and entertaining performance from Bryant's Division I athletes. In my opinion, the best part of Bryant sports is that it brings out our school spirit, as evidenced by Midnight Madness.

Thanks for Reading,

 Ryan